Throwback Adventure – Boise Rock – New Hampshire

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In October 2016 Buster, Shadow, My Mom, and I Adventured to Boise Rock in the Fraconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains.  Boise Rock is a glacial erratic, which has lovely surrounding views of the Canon Cliff.  It was named for Thomas Boise who took shelter under the rock after being caught up in a snow storm.

We had a memorable Adventure to Boise Rock on a lovely Fall Day.  As you may know if you follow our blog that during this time we knew Buster would not be with us much longer, facing a terminal tumor.  Therefore we took every moment on this special trip to create memories, photos, and fun times.  So why not climb a large rock with an almost 95 pounds large dog?!  That is exactly what we did, as Shadow and Mom watched from below.  It was a fun and unique experience as unlike Wilma Shadow is not, and Buster was not rock boys.  We somehow managed to get up on the rock and climbed higher and higher.  It was an interesting photo shoot that I will remember forever.  A beautiful Fall day in the Mountains with my boys, and My Mom.

 

 

 

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March 3, 2019 -Saco River Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Saco River Covered Bridge in Conway, New Hampshire.  The Saco River Covered Bridge was built in 1890 and crosses the Saco River.  It was later repaired 80s as another bridge actually was swept away in a flood, crashing into it creating structural damage.  The Saco River Covered Bridge is also known as the Conway Covered Bridge.

We had a wintery Adventure to the Saco River Covered Bridge in Conway, New Hampshire.  The Saco River Covered Bridge has been one of my favorite covered bridges during our Fall visits.  However, today, I was quite disappointed as the side access was impossible due to the snow.  Therefore our view consisted of the front and back, combined with lovely ice filled views from the actual bridge.  We sauntered along the side walk area of the bridge on both sides, talking photographs along the way.  Although there was not excessive traffic, there was still enough to be cautious with in obtaining photographs.

It is interesting seeing landmarks, parks, and other areas in various seasons, creating a wildly different experience.  I believe all of our past visits to the Saco River Bridge have been in the Fall.  I have been with Shadow, Buster, Wilma, and my Mom.  Besides the gorgeous Fall foliage, we have been able to go down to the beach below to play in the sand, rest, and take in the spectacular views of the scenery.  I actually have some of my Mom’s beautiful framed photography from this spot in my home.  Probably the most gorgeous bridge I have seen in the Fall, while Winter really is not worth the journey.  However a fun experience seeing the Bridge in another season.  I definitely recommend a visit to the Saco River Bridge, although maybe not in the Winter.  Please see a collage from various of our visits below (Rating:  Winter – Undetermined, Fall – 5).

March 3, 2019 – Sabbaday Falls – Winter Visit – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Sabbaday Falls.  I have blogged about this location previously in my “Throwback Adventure” section, however decided to blog about it again as this was our first visit in Winter.  Sabbaday Falls is a popular waterfall located in Waterfall Valley, along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. There is a short, handicapped accessible travel trail to Sabbaday Falls. Sabbaday Falls is an approximate thirty five to forty five foot drop, ending in a Gorge-like area. The waterfall is made up of a series of cascades.

We had a spectacular, icicle-filled Adventure to Sabbaday Falls on a warm, Winter day.  This Winter Adventure looked completely different then this location in the other seasons.  I was ecstatic to see the parking lot plowed, and a path in place for the hike as I had tried once before to visit this Falls in Winter with no luck.  We began our journey up and over a gigantic snowbank, and immediately arrived on the trail.  The trail branched over to the stream on two occasions, however not being able to see the rocks or our footing we did not venture too far in that direction.  However  the mysterious covered stream created a lovely Winter scene with framed circles forming here and there.

We continued on the main trail.  I suspect the snow was several feet high as I noticed we were walking almost at the top of the railing of a fence, on the groomed snow path.  As long as we stayed on the trail we did not sink down, and were able to walk steadily along.  It did not take us long to arrive at the Falls.  Most of the waterfall was covered with snow, which must have been sitting over the frozen ice.  I was pleased that we had been there previously as we would have really not known the “normal” flow of the Falls.

The most gorgeous part of the area was some spectacular icicles coming down the rocks, at the bottom area of the cascades.  Below the icicles there was a gorgeous rock filled pool with flowing water.  I really could not get enough of this special scene.  Shadow humored me as he continually tried to dive into the water pool, although wondering if he might get stuck, I decided it best not to swim at this location.  He sure is one adventurous water boy!

It was really a magical Adventure at this gorgeous location.  I would encourage you to visit Sabbaday Falls once in every season as it is just a lovely spot.  So glad we were able to get in our winter visit (Rating:  5).

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Crystal Cascade – New Hampshire

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In October of 2016 Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I Adventured to the Crystal Cascade in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Crystal Cascade is a gorgeous waterfall that has a 100 foot drop into the Ellis River.  There is just a short walk to the Falls that begins at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.  The Cascade is along one of the popular routes to Mount Washington.

We had a special Adventure to the Crystal Cascade on a beautiful Fall day.  Buster had recently been diagnosed with a terminal tumor, and we knew his time was limited.  This made the memories even more marked as I recall this lovely Adventure.  It was a short walk to the Crystal Cascade with a slight elevation gain. The trail was simple, but perfectly Fall in color.  Upon arrival we found a steep, little trail to sneak close to the beautiful Falls.  The Falls was singing loudly, and provided a full sensory experience.  Buster enjoyed chewing some sticks while Shadow sat and posed for the camera.  There were limited spots to view the waterfall, so we were glad to find this spot all to ourselves.

We spent some time at the Crystal Cascade before heading past the waterfall to a little bridge across the top.  There were absolutely stunning Fall views from this spot with the musical waterfall below below.  An absolutely magnificent scene that we thoroughly enjoyed.   I was actually planning to visit again this past summer with Wilma and Shadow but the trails were closed due to flooding.  However we do hope to visit again on another date.  Please see below some photos and videos of our special day at Crystal Cascade.  In one of the videos you will see a conversation between my Mom and Buster, as he was a talker, often known for his happy howl.  Glad to create special memories on our Adventure to Crystal Cascade.

 

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

My photo feature today is from an Adventure I took with Shadow and Buster in October of 2014 to the Lincoln Woods Trail in the White Mountains.  Lincoln Woods is one of my favorite trails which follows the rocky waters of the Pemigewassett River with gorgeous mountain views.  We have been there numerous times, including on other trips with Wilma, and my Mom.  This photograph below is one of my favorite photos of Buster and Shadow, both quite dashing, posing in an absolutely beautiful Fall location.

If you would like to read more about other visits to Lincoln Woods in the “search box” for more information on these Adventures.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

 

Throwback Adventure – Arethusa Falls – New Hampshire

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!  In some cases you will also see journeys that occurred before our little lady Wilma became part of our family, as in our Throwback Adventure today.

In June 2017 Shadow and I had a breathtaking Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Arethusa Falls, sometimes referred to as Tuckerman Falls, is sourced by the Bemis Brook.  It is almost 200 feet in height and is one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire.  The trail to Arethusa Falls is approximately a three mils round-trip hike.  Part of the Trail is paralleled by the Bemis Brook Trail while following the Bemis Brook, and leading you past the Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls.  It is a popular area for hiking, and ice climbing in the winter months.

One of the most amazing Adventures I have ever taken was this hike I took with Shadow to Arethusa Falls.  I remember the trail to the Falls was clearly labeled,filled with rocks, a bridge or two, and other hikers along the way.  The main trail was not very inspiring, but the elevation gain was definitely a good work-out.  I was super impressed with my rockstar Shadow, (nine at this time) as unlike me, he did not miss a beat!

Upon arrival at the Falls we were immediately drawn to the massive height at the Falls.  It was thin in depth,and musical in sound, as misty water streamed over the rocks.  We hoped from rock to rock finding a nice place to rest, enjoy the waterfall, and eat a little snack.  It was definitely one of the most impressive waterfalls I have seen, and the experience of an exhausting hike made the Adventure even better.  We relaxed and enjoyed the Falls for awhile before heading back on the main trail.

On our return trip we cut over to  the Bemis Brook Trail.  The Trail over to the Bemis Brook Trail was quite steep.  I actually remember sitting down and scooting to make sure I did not fall.  Upon arrival at the bottom we were pleased at the site of a lovely waterfall, before following the Brook and spotting at least one other waterfall along this trail.  There were places for Shadow to swim and drink from the brook.  The mountain water was pure in color, gorgeous, and magical in sound.  It was so fun to find this side trail as I believe I did not know about these other lovely waterfalls before heading on this journey.  This lovely trail completed a day of  absolute Perfection!  I would highly encourage you to visit the magnificent Arethusa Falls and the Bemis Brook Trail.  I will forever remember this special Adventure with my Shadow.  Please see a quick video and some photographs below.  (I am hoping at a future date I will be able to get the longer video to download) (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

My photo feature today is from an absolutely spectacular Adventure that Shadow and I had to Lonesome Lake in Fraconia Notch of the White Mountains.  It is only reachable by a long hike, and is just a spectacular location.  I posted this Adventure previously, but wanted to post a beautiful photograph of Shadow swimming in Lonesome Lake, framed by gorgeous mountains.

One of my many favorites photographs of Shadow at Lonesome Lake, truly summarizing our perfect day on this Adventure.

If you would like to read more about Adventure to Lonesome Lake type it in the “search box” for more information on this Adventure.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

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